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ERIC Number: EJ827305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Disability Images and the Art of Theorizing Normality
Titchkosky, Tanya
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v22 n1 p75-84 Jan 2009
This paper addresses the power of images of disability as a way to examine how such images can be read as reproducing normality. By image of disability, I mean "any" appearance of disability made through the social act of interpretation. In this paper, I conduct an interpretive sociological analysis of common and even mundane everyday images of disability, including the universal icon for access. I aim to demonstrate the necessary "art" of theorizing the connection between images of disability and the reproduction of normality. I call this pursuit an "art" since through theorizing how and why disability appears as it does in everyday life we can "create" a livelier, provocative, and perhaps deliberately different image of disability. This paper, then, makes normality something to wonder about by theorizing familiar disability images that are already part of Western collective existence. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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